D&E sponsoring Shakespeare Touring Company performance

Submitted photo Vintage Theatre Company’s Rustic Mechanicals ‘Laugh and Let Go Tour’ of William Shakespeare’s ‘As You Like It’ will perform at 7 p.m. Sunday at the Rotary Amphitheater in Elkins Town Square. There is no admission fee.

ELKINS– As part of its largest tour yet, the Vintage Theatre Company’s Rustic Mechanicals will perform a Shakespearean play at the Rotary Amphitheater in Elkins Town Square this weekend.

As part of their “Laugh and Let Go Tour” of William Shakespeare’s As You Like It, the Rustic Mechanicals will make a stop at the amphitheater at 7 p.m. on Sunday.

Admission to the event is free, and it is open to all ages; audience members are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, picnics and snacks, though alcohol is prohibited. In the event of rain, the show will move to the Augusta Dance Pavilion on the campus of Davis & Elkins College.

“At its core, ‘As You Like It’ is a romantic comedy,” said Jason Young, co-founder of The Rustic Mechanicals. “And while it does explore some deeper philosophical ideas of about the importance of slowing down and enjoying life, it is a light, humorous romp through the Forest of Arden, perfect summer fare.”

Bridget Rue Esterhuizen, assistant professor of Theatre at Davis & Elkins College, will be taking on the role of Rosalind in the production.

“It’s important that we take advantage of the cultural opportunities that are presented to us,” said Michael Doig, Davis & Elkins associate professor of art and chair of the Division of Creative Arts. “Elkins is a town that has recently become re-energized and reinvigorated. We have always been hard-working and inventive people, and now it’s time to share that with the world. And, especially since Bridget Esterhuizen is a part of our community, it’s important that her voice is part of the dialogue. It is her vision that is giving us this wonderful chance to bring a really cool event to our awesome town.”

Co-founded by Jason Young and Celi Oliveto, The Rustic Mechanicals are West Virginia’s only touring professional Shakespeare troupe. The “Laugh and Let Go Tour” is set to be the troupe’s longest yet — performing four weekends and a total of 12 shows.

“Elkins is a very familiar community to us. However, this venue is new. I can’t wait to be in the middle of town while the energy of Augusta is buzzing. We are very grateful to D&E for making this happen,” said Young.

The event is sponsored by the Davis & Elkins Theater Department and hosted in partnership with Elkins Main Street, Elkins Depot Welcome Center and the Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad.

For additional information regarding the “Laugh and Let Go Tour” of Shakespeare’s As You Like It, contact the Vintage Theatre Company by email at VintageTheatreCo@gmail.com or by phone at 1-855-VTC-8588.